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Two weeks ago, Joe Biden placed his VP, Kamala Harris, in charge of the worsening migrant crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, but she has yet to visit the border in any state to get a first-hand look at the situation.
That doesn’t mean that Harris hasn’t been burning up jet fuel.
She spent her Easter at home in Brentwood, southern California, “where she baked a ‘beautiful’ roast pork with rice and peas,” the Daily Mail reported, “but did not find time in her schedule to visit the nearby border.”
Over the past two weeks, Harris has also traveled to Connecticut to speak with the Boys and Girls Club of New Haven as well as Oakland, Calif., to meet with Gov. Gavin Newsom to support him as he faces a potential recall election. Harris has also traveled to a bakery in Chicago.
The Daily Mail adds:
Harris has also been busy moving into her new residence at the Naval Observatory just days after she complained about living out of suitcases while it was being renovated.
On March 24, she was tasked with leading the efforts to tackle the ‘humanitarian crisis’ amid a surge of migrants trying to enter the US since Joe Biden’s administration came into office.
New government statistics released last week revealed that 171,000 migrants were caught by US authorities at the border in March – the highest monthly total in two decades.
The continuing border crisis comes as Biden’s Department of Homeland Security director, Alejandro Mayorkas, is preparing to crack down on illegal border crossings with more legal action as well as focusing more on so-called sanctuary cities, the Daily Mail reported.
In March, a reported 170,000 illegal migrants were apprehended by Border Patrol and immigration authorities, with about 100,000 of them unaccompanied minors — a record.
As for Harris, it’s not as if she hasn’t had opportunities to personally witness the scope of the problem at the border.
“Recently, you stated, ‘You have to see and smell and feel the circumstances of people to really understand them.’ With that in mind, I formally invite you to join me for a tour of the southwest border in Arizona later this month,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich wrote in a letter to Harris on Friday.
“It will provide firsthand insight into what Arizonans, law enforcement officials and migrants are experiencing. I will make myself available any day of your choosing,” he added.
Days after Biden appointed Harris to oversee his administration’s border responses, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, called her “the worst possible choice.” He accused Harris of being someone who has “completely trivialized the issue by putting someone in charge who flat out just doesn’t care.”
Also, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, predicted that Harris “is not going to be able to solve this crisis” after he and 17 other GOP senators visited the border in his home state, adding that the migrant crisis has become Biden’s “biggest political mess.”
When he appointed her, Biden said Harris “has agreed… to lead our diplomatic effort and work with those nations to accept the returnees, and enhance migration enforcement at their borders.”
But, as the Daily Mail notes, the only so-called immigration-related function she has undertaken is a phone call with President Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala.
“They discussed the significant risks to those leaving their homes and making the dangerous journey to the United States, especially during a global pandemic,” said a statement from the Biden administration following the phone call.